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WISH invites grantseekers to submit LOIs for 2021 award funding

Non-profits and Shepherd University groups addressing critical community needs are invited to submit letters of inquiry to Women Investing in Shepherd (WISH) for the group’s 2021 awards.

WISH will award two nonprofit grants in the amount of $31,250 each and two Shepherd University learning project grants in the amount of $31,250 each for the 2021 grant cycle. Qualifying non-profit organizations must be designated as 501 (c) (3) public charities. Organizations and groups affiliated with Shepherd must be university sanctioned. Applicants submitting an inquiry by March 15, 2021 will be notified about eligibility to submit a formal grant proposal.

In 2020, WISH awarded five grants totaling $160,255 collectively to community nonprofits A Farm Less Ordinary, Catholic Charities, and WV Freshealthy Bucks, and Shepherd University learning projects Chemistry Lab Revitalization and the School of Education Collaborative Technology Innovation initiative. $617,000 has been awarded in high-impact grant funding over six grant cycles.

WISH, a women’s giving circle comprised of both alumnae and community members, was established in 2014 by the Shepherd University Foundation.  WISH was created to educate, engage and empower women to achieve their philanthropic goals.

For information about how to submit a letter of inquiry, visit our grants page. For more information or to request a word document, contact Meg Peterson, director of donor relations, at 304-876-5021, [email protected].